Cracker prices up; fruits no change

By: Nestle L. Semilla December 30,2016 - 11:06 PM
 Fruit vendors at F. Gullas Street corner Osmeña Blvd. and other streets in the city start to display round fruits that people buy as part of the tradition to welcome the New Year (CDN PHOTO/JUNJIE MENDOZA).

Fruit vendors at F. Gullas Street corner Osmeña Blvd. and other streets in the city start to display round fruits that people buy as part of the tradition to welcome the New Year (CDN PHOTO/JUNJIE MENDOZA).

Prices of some types of firecrackers at the firecracker zone at the South Road Properties (SRP) slightly increased as the vendors expect a surge of customers today while prices of fruits sold in Colon St., Cebu City, remain the same.

The prices of firecrackers increased despite the ban on firecrackers implemented in several cities and towns in Cebu.

But Edna Parantar, a firecracker vendor, said they had no choice but to increase some of their products’ prices mainly because their supplier also increased their prices.
Parantar also noted a decrease in the number of their sales as compared to last year when there was no firecracker ban.

Parantar said that she estimated selling an average of P5,000 a day this year as compared to last year’s sales of P14,000 a day.

“Dili pa hinuon mi alkanse aning halina pero nihinay gyod ang inadlaw adlaw na halin kung ikomparar sa niaging tuig (We can still earn a little, but our daily sales are really slow when compared to last year’s sales)” said Parantar.

Parantar said that prices of big firecrackers like Judas’ belt and sky rocket increased by P50 to P100, but small firecrackers’ prices like the kwitis, bawang, small triangulo remain the same.

Judas’ belt sells at P300 to P400 while the fountain, which is the fastest selling product, can be bought from P20 to P800 depending on the size and number of colors.
She also said that prices of pyrotechnic products also increased, ranging from P500 to P1000 or from P1,500 to P4,000 depending on the size.

Meanwhile, prices of fruits, which are among the most bought products in this time of the year sold in Colon St., Cebu City, have remained the same.

Colon fruit vendors, however, have packaged some fruits like grapes and lemons so that customers who cannot afford to purchase fruits in bulk can buy them at lower prices.

Fruits like lemons, apple, pears, ponkan and guava range from P10 to P50 pesos each.

Each pineapple costs P60 and kiat-kiat costs P70 per pack. Mangoes are sold at P70 per kilo while grapes are sold at P200 per kilo.

A lemon can be bought at P10 each while a package of 10 grapes is also at P20 each pack.

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